Leatitia Cozier crowned Junior Carnival Queen

POSTED: 04/9/13 11:50 AM

St. Maarten – For Denisia Martimbor, retaining the junior calypso title had to be an honor, for Rickyshio ‘The Royal Kid’ Bertie, it was a pleasure to defend his title for the 4th time and as far as Laetitia Cozier was concerned, it’s her time to ascend to the throne as the Junior Carnival Queen.

Martimbor, stage name, Lil Blossom who finished with 275 points with her song entitled ‘Leaders’ was able to upstage last year’s winner Princess Aquilla on 269 (1st runner up). Occupying the number three spot was the ‘Messenger’ with 265, (2nd runner up).

Sunshine, the baby sister of Blossom finished with an impressive 247 points ahead of Nicolio, making his debut on 233. Ironically, this will be the last time the public will see ‘The Messenger’ compete in the junior category, next year he will have to compete with the seniors, but he was suitably recognized for the time he spent competing in the junior category.

In the Junior Road March showdown, Rickyshio and his group of ‘Transporters’ entertained the gathering in what turned out to be a three horse race, literally. To be able to defeat a defending champion meant that those challenging him had to excel on stage, captivate the audience and impress the judges.

The combined effort earned Rickyshio, the still Junior Road March King 261 points, the ‘Messenger’ had to settle for the runner up spot with 244 points followed by the only female competitor, ‘Singing D’ on 205 points.

In the Junior Queen Pageant, where three beautiful young ladies were vying for the prestigious title and the crown that goes with it were able to show their hidden potentials during the introduction, talent, carnival costume and princess wear segments.

Each of the contestants had their followers in addition to members of their immediate families who were all color coded for easy recognition and each time the individuals appeared on stage, the supporters made their presence felt.

Both Cozier and Serenity Martinus had almost similar physical attributes, but contestant number three, Julia Hendricks stood out distinctly. In their second appearance, the contestants were required to show their individual talents and they were allowed to use props and use extras while on stage.

However, as it turned out, not even the technical glitch with the microphone could have prevented Cozier from her message on bullying. The Hillside Christian school student also clinched the Miss Popularity sash and best costume which she displayed magnificently and last but not least the best Princess Wear.

The title of Miss Amity which was chosen by the contestants went to Hendricks along with Miss Photogenic which was selected by the photographers and also best Princess Wear and she earned the 2nd runner up title.

The first runner up prize went to Martinus and she also won the sash for the best talent of the pageant, where she was a strong advocate of bullying in schools. Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Silveria Jacobs and the outgoing Junior Queen Zayshia St Clair were on hand to assist Michael Granger, the President of the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation with the crowning and bestowing of honors on the various participants.

 

 

 

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